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Leaving iOS for Android 

Really having a hard time transitioning from iOS to Android. Would someone be willing to lend me a hand?
There are lots of specifics we can get into, but the most general problem is the sensation that I have to do extra work all the time to avoid Google sticking its nose in my stuff.
After all, is it possible to be at least relatively private on an Android phone or should I just forget it? How do you, privacy-conscious, free software, people manage?

Does anybody here use an iOS device? This week I found an old iPod Touch on a drawer and started messing with it. It’s stuck on iOS 6 and I am very impressed at how much better the keyboard is compared to recent versions of Android and iOS itself. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know if it’s the size of my hands, I just know that typing is spot on every time. I don’t even need autocorrect to act, as my fingers fall perfectly on the desired keys. Anyone has a similar impression?

This is frankly ludicrous: I went to my parents' today and was configuring their WiFi, as the company sent them a new modem and the password was the SSID with two characters added at the beginning. Then I went on to update the wifi settings on their devices. My dad's phone is a Moto 5G and when I picked it up it it told me to install an OS update which had among its features Android's security updates from July 2018 - yes, twenty-eighteen! Is that possible?

>> I guess my point is that simply moving to ProtonMail for you personal/work stuff and keeping a gmail account for junk mail may not achieve much in terms of not giving away your info to google. And the worst part is that then you’d have to pay for a lot of space to store all your junk mail so that you can have access one day if needed.

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>> personal stuff anymore, I mean, in general ppl have mostly moved to messaging services for that. OTOH, junk mail is arguably where the true profiling can take place. Think about it: in the same way that searches reveal a lot about your interests, various invoices, sites where you created an account, b&m stores where you’ve given your email when making a purchase, all of that info can be a gold mine for a company that wants to know as much about you as possible. >>

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Hey, @dasgeek, I’ve been watching your very nice video about de-googlifying, and two things came to mind: 1. are you aware of Cryptomator? It’s an open source program that creates an encrypted vault inside whichever cloud storage service you want to use and you can access the vault from your phone, tablet and computer using their app (works even on iOS); 2. Lately I’ve been thinking that email is a very specific thing nowadays, as on the one hand nobody uses it that much for >>

How does one disable autocomplete in Gboard (Android 9)? I want autocorrect, no problem, but it drives me nuts when I start typing a word and it completes the word before I finished typing it.

@dasgeek, I’ve been following you from DL and noticed you’re somewhat heterodox in the Linux community for your not-so-immediate adhesion to Android. How is your current view on the “what does a freedom and privacy loving person do in the smartphone space” debate?

I have to install Ubuntu for a friend. Downloaded and checked GPG Keys and all that, but ‘sha256sum (...) grep OK’ keeps giving me no output at all. When I check myself the sha sum by comparing them through looking they are correct. What do you think? I’m doing this from Debian 9.

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Anyone here want to implement the UI for creating polls in the compose form?

#mastodev

Still ranting about the headphone jack 

People joke about the fact that someone at Apple said it took courage to remove the jack, but actually I think it makes sense to say that: it takes courage to do something so blatantly self-servicing and unpopular and try to pitch it as an advantage for the customer. There’s a risk people won’t swallow it.

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Still ranting about the headphone jack 

The fact that wireless charging started going mainstream just as the headphone jack was dropped is one of the biggest coordinated scams in history. You can’t charge and listen to something at the same time and someone will tell you it’s easy: just buy either a wireless headphone or charger. A problem that simply wouldn’t exist had they left the damn jack there! Now the push to go wireless is stronger than any hype, it’s been artificially made a necessity.

Those of you who have 2FA enabled in GitHub, is it really that every time we do a push we have to go to our password manager (or wherever else you keep that thing saved), copy personal access token and paste it in the terminal? Is there a more practical way to authenticate on the CLI?

Something I’ve been thinking: is there a point in using a VPN on mobile for privacy? For security, ok, but since the device is tracking my location (if I’m wrong to assume that it tracks my location even with it turned off, pls tell me) and it is attached to my google account if I’m using Android, what’s the point?

A question: how hard/complex is it to setup a Mastodon instance in which there were no usernames/profile pictures visible along with their toots?

I really don’t understand how someone can be naive and stupid to the point of liking a big corporation. I met a guy once who liked Google so much he named his dog after it. Then today it got me thinking: as a homage this is obviously ludicrous, but suppose your dog sticks it’s nose in your bag every time you leave it within reach, checks your wardrobe when you leave it open or even snoops into your room if you don’t properly close the door... makes sense!

A question for the fediverse: when will the security- and privacy-conscious FOSS community finally ditch Telegram in favor of .org?

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Android-related question: anyone using RattlesnakeOS? I’ve been reading about it and, although tempted to try, two main concerns come to mind: 1. Is it trustworthy/safe? Does anyone know anything about the dev(s), as it seems it’s not the same guy who developed Copperhead?; 2. Looks like it’s a lot of work to get going, so I fear it becomes “HasslesnakeOS”.
Opinions? Ideas?

Does anyone have suggestions of contacts and calendar apps alternative to Google’s on Android? I don’t know how to phrase it nor do I know if it is asking too much, but I’d like alternatives that make sense to use, that is, that offer some form of privacy. If I’m going to be tracked anyway I guess I’ll stick with the stock ones. Thanks!

Android-related question: anyone using RattlesnakeOS? I’ve been reading about it and, although tempted to try, two main concerns come to mind: 1. Is it trustworthy/safe? Does anyone know anything about the dev(s), as it seems it’s not the same guy who developed Copperhead?; 2. Looks like it’s a lot of work to get going, so I fear it becomes “HasslesnakeOS”.
Opinions? Ideas?

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